Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A baking class is being offered nearby.
In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, The Pie Place will be offering a kids baking class on Saturday, May 11. Children ages 4 and up will make a lady bug cake for their “special lady” in a class at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 and requires preregistration by calling The Pie Place at 412-835-4410. Instructors will be Jessica Gombar and Julie Accamando of The Pie Place. The Pie Place is one of the few independent scratch bakeries in Pittsburgh. It's located at 1775 N. Highland Rd., Bethel Park, at the corner of Route 19 and North Highland Road in Norman Center II. What are you doing for your "special lady" this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Make an Easter egg cake.
In celebration of the upcoming holiday, The Pie Place will be offering a kids baking class on Friday, March 29. Children ages 4 and up will make an Easter egg cake in a class at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 and requires pre-registration by calling The Pie Place at 412-835-4410. Instructors will be Jessica Gombar and Julie Accamando of The Pie Place. The Pie Place is located at 1775 N. Highland Rd. in Upper St. Clair at the corner of Route 19 and North Highland Road in Norman Center II. Like Patch on Facebook. | Follow Patch on Twitter. | Sign up for the daily email newsletter.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Kirsten McGrath thinks it's more important than ever to be nice to others.
Kirsten McGrath is a wife, a mother, a professional baker and cake designer for The Pie Place, and she's sick of people being mean to each other. Instead of complaining, she and her three sons—Billy, Andy and Nathan—are doing something about it. "I am making it my Christmas mission to bring holiday cheer with me wherever I go and I am starting with my family! We are starting the 25 random acts of kindness for the month of December," Kirsten wrote on her blog. "Think how amazing the world could be if everyone tried just a bit everyday to be the person they always wanted to be." Each day, Kirsten and her boys—ages 2, 4 and 6—make sure to perform a good deed. So far they've stopped by the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department to drop off …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
A nearby bakery held an Easter cupcake decorating class on Friday.
Kids from Upper St. Clair—and all over the South Hills, including Peters Township—gathered at The Pie Place Friday to celebrate the Easter holiday with cupcake decorating. A dozen cupcakes—half chocolate and half vanilla—served as each little artist's empty canvas with a table full of colorful frostings, sprinkles and candy at their disposal. Most girls said they planned to share their edible designs with their family members this weekend. "It's nice to reach out to the community and do something fun with the kids," said Abby Cable, of The Pie Place. "I thought it went great. We had some pros." Cable suggested cupcake decorators at home freeze their cupcakes for 10 minutes before icing. She also suggested using toasted coconut to create …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The bakery will be giving away a free pie to every 10th paying customer.
Monday is National Pie Day and The Pie Place, of Upper St. Clair, is celebrating on Saturday by holding its second annual "Random Acts of Pie-ness." Bakers handed out free pies to every 15th customer during their first annual event last year and are upping the ante this year. The shop will give a free award-winning apple pie to every 10th paying customer 18 years or older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "The first year was a huge success; it was very busy," said owner Jessica Gombar. She hopes for the same amount of popularity on Saturday, despite the snowy and icy weather forecast. Gombar also encourages children and adults to take part in the two classes scheduled to teach lattice-top pie-making. "It's a work of art and a lot of people don't …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Boy or girl? Only your baker knows!
More and more Pittsburgh-area couples are finding out the sex of their baby in a much sweeter way—with a gender reveal cake. "We've definitely seen a growing trend," said Megan Fialkovick, an Oakmont Bakery employee. "It's kind of just starting to pop up all over the place," said Potomac Bakery employee Courtney Seymour. Some couples choose to keep the moment private and intimate or with close family and friends. Others use it as an excuse to throw a party or make the baby shower even more exciting. Here's how a gender reveal cake generally works: The ultrasound technician writes the sex of the baby down on a piece of paper and seals it in an envelope. The parents then take the sealed envelope (if they can stand the suspense) to their …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The store is opening in a new location after closing its former Upper St. Clair location in the spring.
A new Pier 1 Imports store is scheduled to open its doors in Upper St. Clair on Monday, Oct. 31. The store is located in the top level of the former Border's Bookstore. It's in the same complex as Louis Anthony Jewelers and The Pie Place. Pier 1 Imports was previously located at 1630 Washington Road, next to the Chick-fil-A. Trader Joe's now occupies that space. "Following the closing of our previous location, we knew we wanted to maintain our presence in the South Hills," said Jennifer Engstrand, Pier 1 Imports media specialist, in an email to Upper St. Clair Patch. "The new store will be bigger than the old store and will feature new fixtures, lighting and flooring that will be completely different visually from any of the other stores …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Little bakers, The Pie Place's cake decorating contest is back and sooner than planned. This season's theme is 'Happy Halloween!'
Do you recall the Kids Cake Decorating Contest that came to Peters Township Public Library in late August? It was a blast, and it’s returning this month—earlier than planned! The contest left a trailing vanilla scent through the library, and a sense of pride with the contestants, who took home “trophy spoons” and goodie bags. Junior bakers and cake decorators can showcase their talents and win a prize at this season's Kids Cake Decorating Contest, sponsored by The Pie Place, on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. The theme of the contest is “Happy Halloween,” and prizes will be awarded in three age categories: age 8 and under; age 9 to 13; and age 14 to 18. A fan favorite will be selected by those in attendance as well. The official rules …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Contest participants left the Peters library with 'trophy spoons,' certificates, goodie bags and pride, all provided by The Pie Place.
Thursday evening, children shared their baking masterpieces with friends, classmates and family at the Kids Cake Decorating Contest at the Peters Township Public Library, sponsored by The Pie Place. The theme was "My Summer Vacation." From cakes named "Bonfire at the Beach" to "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream," kids were exceptionally creative—an ice cream truck coated in white fondant, crafted trees made of chocolate-covered ice cream cones and green-dyed Rice Krispies, a detailed campfire scene made with pretzels, miniature marshmallows, chocolate-covered raisins and gummies, and fish gills made of coated potato chips! Brown sugar made for the ultimate "sandy" ingredient. The Pie Place, owned by Peters resident …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Kids, feeling crafty? Enter the library's Aug. 25 cake decorating contest, sponsored by The Pie Place.
Calling all kid bakers, decorators and fans! The Peters Township Public Library is hosting a cake decorating contest Aug. 25 in the library multi-purpose room from 6:30-8 p.m., sponsored by The Pie Place in Upper St. Clair. The contest is open to anyone who wants to decorate cake, there's just one twist—kids must do it themselves! There are three age categories—8 and under, 9-13, 14+. Prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as the fan favorite. Not interested in decorating? Join in on the fun by helping to choose the fan favorite, enjoy refreshments from The Pie Place, or buy one of the entries in a silent auction. Each cake entry costs $10. All entry fees are a direct donation to the library. Checks can be made payable to: "…